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The Best Anime Series of All Time

Updated April 18, 2021 7.3m votes 876.2k voters 12.2m views256 items

List RulesJapanese animated TV series only

Looking for good anime to watch? Here are the best anime shows of all time, ranked by fans everywhere. Top anime series include popular shows like Death Note, Attack on Titan, and many more. Plus, with so much new anime debuting each year, the list of best anime will only grow. The blanket term "anime" in the US can refer to any animation originating in Japan, and specifically differentiates a few aspects of Japanese animation from more Western styles. For example, the top comedy animes can be be much more explicit in their humor. This includes the Japanese propensity to feature adult themes, cool action scenes, and stories in animation, as opposed to Western "cartoons" aimed primarily at children, as well as the exaggerated, fantasy-oriented and colorful style of Japanese animated visuals.

Anime TV series first found popularity outside of Japan in the 1980s and have continued to find larger audiences in the West. A number of famous anime shows originating in Japan - such as Cowboy Bebop or Dragon Ball Z - have found enthusiastic audiences for dubbed versions in English speaking countries. The anime style has grown so popular in the US, it has stared to significantly influence the style and aesthetics of American animation. Shows such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Afro Samurai, and Samurai Jack have borrowed heavily from anime in terms of pacing, subject matter, and design.

Ranking the greatest anime ever is certainly a difficult task, but it's time to settle this once and for all: which of the most popular anime shows crack the top 100., the top 10, or even the top 10 anime of all time?

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  • 1
    256,312
    92,981
    Attack on Titan (MBS, 2013) is a Japanese fantasy anime television series adapted from the...  more
  • 2
    104,547
    31,440
    One-Punch Man (TV Tokyo, 2015) is a Japanese action anime series based on the webcomic by ONE...  more
  • 3
    196,214
    72,744
    Hunter × Hunter (Fuji TV, 2011), also known as Hunter x Hunter (2011), is a Japanese action...  more
  • 4
    131,236
    40,710
    My Hero Academia (MBS, 2016) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Kohei...  more
  • 5
    246,490
    92,879
    Naruto: Shippuden (TV Tokyo, 2007), also known as Naruto Shippuden, is a Japanese action anime...  more
  • 6
    199,937
    76,733
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (JNN, 2009) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the...  more
  • 7
    166,489
    65,110
    One Piece (Toei Animation, 1999) is a Japanese adventure anime series based on the manga...  more
  • 8
    174,000
    73,984

    Naruto

    2002
    Naruto (TV Tokyo, 2002) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Masashi...  more
  • 9
    82,165
    33,944
    Assassination Classroom (Fuji TV, 2015) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga...  more
  • 10
    135,794
    57,858
    Tokyo Ghoul (Tokyo MX, 2014) is a Japanese dark fantasy anime series based on the manga by Sui...  more
  • 11
    123,231
    51,069
    The Seven Deadly Sins (MBS, 2014) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 12
    99,088
    48,326
    Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Animax, 2006), often referred to as simply Code Geass,...  more
  • 13
    63,212
    29,412
    Parasyte: The Maxim (Madhouse, 2014) is a Japanese sci-fi horror anime series based on the...  more
  • 14
    49,461
    16,381
    Haikyu!! (Production I.G, 2014) is a Japanese sports anime television series based on the...  more
  • 15
    57,370
    26,134
    Noragami (Tokyo MX, 2014) is a Japanese supernatural anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 16
    43,771
    19,794
    Your Lie in April (A-1 Pictures, 2014) is a Japanese music drama anime series based on the...  more
  • 17
    64,594
    31,876
    Akame ga Kill! (Tokyo MX, 2014) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 18
    62,534
    30,747
    Dragon Ball (Toei Animation, 1986) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 19
    132,484
    67,225
    Dragon Ball Z (Fuji TV, 1989) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Akira...  more
  • 20
    63,143
    31,880
    No Game No Life (Madhouse, 2014) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the light novel...  more
  • 21
    78,520
    39,810
    Fullmetal Alchemist (JNN, 2003) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 22
    69,203
    35,298
    Cowboy Bebop (Sunrise, 1998) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series. Set in the year 2071, it...  more
  • 23
    23,053
    6,661
    Mob Psycho 100 (Tokyo MX, 2016) is a Japanese action anime series based on the webcomic by ONE...  more
  • 24
    54,893
    28,047
    Steins;Gate (White Fox, 2011) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series based on the 2009 visual novel...  more
  • 25
    196,261
    101,997
    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the...  more